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Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, A (Abhidhammattha Sangaha)

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This volume contains the Pali text, an English translation, and a detailed exposition of Acariya Anuruddha's Abhidhammattha Sangaha.

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The nucleus of the present book is a medieval compendium of Buddhist philosophy entitled the Abhidhammattha Sangaha. This work is ascribed to Acariya Anuruddha, a Buddhist savant about whom so little is known that even his country of origin and the exact century in which he lived remain in question. Nevertheless, despite the personal obscurity that surrounds the author, his little manual has become one of the most important and influential textbooks of Theravada Buddhism. In nine short chapters occupying about fifty pages in print, the author provides a masterly summary of that abstruse body of Buddhist doctrine called the Abhidhamma.

Such is his skill in capturing the essentials of that system, and in arranging them in a format suitable for easy comprehension, that his work has become the standard primer for Abhidhamma studies throughout the Theravada Buddhist countries of South and Southeast Asia. In these countries, particularly in Burma where the study of Abhidhamma is pursued most assiduously, the Abhidhammattha Sangaha is regarded as the indispensable key to unlock this great treasure-store of Buddhist wisdom.

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"Bhikkhu Bodhi and the others who have contributed to this truly comprehensive manual of the mind have done a masterful job."        ~Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence

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"At the heart of the Abhidhamma philosophy is the Abhidhamma Pitaka, one of the divisions of the Pali canon recognized by Theravada Buddhism as the authoritative recension of the Buddha's teachings. This canon was compiled at the three great Buddhist councils held in India in the early centuries following the Buddha's demise: the first, at Rajagaha, convened three months after the Buddha's Parinibbana by five hundred senior monks under the leadership of the Elder Mahakassapa; the second, at Vesali, a hundred years later; and the third, at Pataliputta, two hundred years later.

The canon that emerged from these councils, preserved in the Middle Indian language now called Pali, is known as the Tipitaka, the three 'baskets' or collections of the teachings. The first collection, the Vinaya Pitaka, is the book of discipline, containing the rules of conduct for the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis — the monks and nuns — and the regulations governing the Sangha, the monastic order. The Sutta Pitaka, the second collection, brings together the Buddha's discourses spoken by him on various occasions during his active ministry of forty-five years. And the third collection is the Abhidhamma Pitaka, the 'basket' of the Buddha's 'higher' or 'special' doctrine."       ~Introduction

Editor Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Author Anuruddha, Acariya
Translator Bodhi, Bhikkhu
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 400 pp.
Publisher BPS Pariyatti Editions 2000
Browse these categories as well: Theravada Suttas, Southern Buddhism, Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation, Noteworthy Releases 2000

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